Rabih feels certain that he has discovered someone endowed with the most extraordinary combination of inner and out qualities – intelligence and kindness, humor and beauty, sincerity and courage; someone whom he would miss if she left the room even though she had been entirely unknown to him but two hours before; someone whose fingers he longs to caress and squeeze between his own; someone with whom he wants to spend the rest of his life.

The past few months have flown by with the speed and tumult of the tropical thunderstorm downpours we’ve been getting here lately. And fitting to the looming darkness, my reading list has been dense with mystery-thrillers. The thing I appreciate about thrillers is that it’s quite fast-paced, action-packed and (sometimes in a good way) mindnumbingly entertaining. But this one was slightly more intense and curious.

When something is bothering me, I seek refuge.  No need to travel far; a trip to the realm of literary memory will suffice.  For where can one find more noble distraction, more entertaining company, more delightful enchantment than in literature?